Liverpool have opened talks with German champions Bayern Munich over the signing of Xherdan Shaqiri, according to Bild.
As reported by The Metro, the Reds are increasingly confident that they can prize him away from the Bundesliga outfit this summer. Reports have indicated that the Reds are willing to offer as much as £16 million in order to land the Swiss ace.
And it appears that he could be ready to leave Germany, after struggling for opportunities under Pep Guardiola. The 22-year-old, who suffered with injuries last term - made just 10 starts in the Bundesliga throughout the entire campaign.
However, it has been suggested that the Bavarians are reluctant to sell to the Merseyside outfit, as they see the youngster as a long term Franck Ribery successor.
First team football
At 22, it appears that Shaqiri is in desperate need of first team football - something that he's not getting at Bayern Munich.
With world class wingers such as Ribery and Arjen Robben starring at the German giants, it's not a surprise that Shaqiri has grown frustrated sitting on the bench.
He would certainly stand a far better chance of securing game time at Anfield, however. The likes of Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and Co. have bags of ability, but Shaqiri has every chance of playing alongside them.
And with Liverpool set to enter next season's Champions League competition, Brendan Rodgers will be desperate to add competition to his squad. The Reds are in need of depth and there's no doubt that Shaqiri would play a key role for the club next season.
Manchester United interest
Reports previously stated that Manchester United were ready to bring the Bayern man to the Theatre of Dreams this summer.
However, it's seemingly gone quiet on that front in recent weeks, and would he even fit in at Old Trafford anyway?
The Red Devils have a number of fine playmakers, but have struggled out wide in recent time. In truth the likes of Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young and Co. have lacked consistency. So perhaps, then, Shaqiri would represent an ideal signing for Van Gaal.
But, right now, it's looking far more likely that he will end up at Liverpool, meaning Brendan Rodgers could already get one over on the new Manchester United boss.
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